ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results
Do you want to learn ASP.NET 2.0 with the help of real-world projects? If yes, then ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results is meant for you. It beats the approach followed by traditional books and demonstrates the full potential of ASP.NET 2.0 with the help of 12 real-world projects. Each project leverages two or three core .NET Framework 2.0 classes. If one project demonstrates the use of Login controls, another other project demonstrates the power of GridView or DetailsView.
Separated into 12 chapters, the look and feel of each chapter follows a uniform layout. The first few pages examine what each project really does, and is complemented by relevant screenshots. It s nice to see lots of figures, as it will help you understand the real scene behind each application. The second section provides a comprehensive overview about the design of each project, and includes supporting database diagrams. The authors also provide a list of methods and properties, along with a detailed description of each. The next section examines the structure of the file system, then provides a comprehensive overview of the various modules along with relevant code snippets. The final section in each chapter provides coverage about the installation of the project locally and on a remote server, with information and solutions for possible security issues you may encounter.
The first chapter examines the creation of an online diary and organizer. The second, third, and fourth chapters address the creation of file share, chat server, and an online survey applications. The fifth and sixth chapters demonstrate the development of a Customer Management System (CMS) and a blog. You can make use of these projects to create a knowledge base system with a series of FAQs and announcements for your customers.
Chapter 7 explores the creation of a photo album, so you can showcase your vacation pictures. The project included in Chapter 8 shows you how to build a customer support site. I would like for the authors to have included a separate module for a ticketing system, which are in high demand lately. You can create a robust help desk for your business if you combine and customize the CMS and customer support projects.
Chapters 9 and 10 examine the creation of a shopping cart and appointment booking system, respectively. Chapter 11 covers the development of a greeting card management system. It extensively shows the manipulation of the .NET Framework 2.0 Image class. The final project examines the creation of a bug reporting system. You ll need to incorporate this project when you develop the help desk mentioned earlier.
The book ships with a CD, which contains the complete source code for all 12 projects. From my point of view, the publisher should provide Express versions of Visual Web Developer and SQL Server 2005 on the CD so readers can customize the projects without the need to download the software from the web. An appendix addressing common errors that occur during deployment of an ASP.NET project on a shared server would be a good addition, as well; it would help readers troubleshoot the projects if a specific error occurs. It would also be great to include C# versions of each project in the next edition, and I d like to see the use of AJAX in one of the projects in the next edition of this book.
Title: ASP.NET 2.0 Instant Results
Authors: Imar Spaanjaars, Paul Wilton, and Shawn Livermore
Page Count: 480